GAME: Seattle University (3-10) at Washington (9-6, 3-1 Pac-12). WHEN: Tuesday, 7 p.m., Alaska Airlines Arena. MEETING: 27th (Huskies lead 22-4). RANKINGS: Neither team ranked. TV: ROOT Sports. RADIO: KJR 950 AM, 102.9 FM.
Unless Washington reaches the NCAA Tournament — odds at this juncture are long — the Huskies will play their final non-conference game of the season Tuesday when they host Seattle University, which has lost all three games since the intra-city rivalry was renewed.
Now in their third season as a Division I program under former Washington assistant Cameron Dollar, the Redhawks won 17 games two years ago, 11 last season and three so far this season. Seattle U.’s biggest win was Nov. 22 over Montana State 80-73 at Bozeman. Seattle U. has dropped two straight, to San Jose State and Utah Valley.
Seattle U. has played one Pac-12 team this season, losing 72-49 Dec. 1 to Stanford at KeyArena.
Broussard, who helped lead Federal Way High School to its first state championship in 2008, scored a career-high 31 points and had 11 rebounds Dec. 29 against Nebraska Omaha.
A Tacoma native, Trent transferred to Seattle U. from Washington, for which he appeared in 23 games in 2009-10. On Jan. 26, 2010, Trent scored five points against the Redhawks in Washington’s 123-76 win.
Lorenzo Romar’s Huskies completed their first Pac-12 road trip Saturday, escaping Utah with a 57-53 victory, which snapped a five-game road losing streak. The Huskies have not lost to Seattle U. since the Redhawks’ return to Division I (2009).
SERIES: Dates to March 15, 1953, when Washington, behind Bob Houbregs’ 45 points, won 92-70 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Portland. The Huskies have posted six consecutive victories over the Redhawks, who have not defeated UW since 1979. After Seattle U. ceded its Division I status in 1980, the schools did not meet again until 2009, when the Redhawks rejoined Division I. The most recent meeting was Feb. 22, 2011, when the Huskies won 95-74. Matthew Bryan-Amaning scored 24 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Current Husky Aziz N’Diaye had a career-best 15 points and 10 rebounds.
LAST GAME (Washington, Jan. 7): Terrence Ross connected on a crucial 3-pointer with two minutes to play and made two free throws with 8.9 seconds to play, lifting Washington to its first road win of the season, 57-53 over Utah at Salt Lake City. The Huskies won the slow-paced game despite scoring 23 under their season average and missing six free throws down the stretch. Ross led UW with 14 points, the only Husky in double figures. Team scoring leader Tony Wroten tallied just eight. Utah native C.J. Wilcox went 2-for-13 from the floor and finished with five. Desmond Simmons had 10 rebounds and six points in 28 minutes off the bench.
LAST GAME (Seattle U., Jan. 7): Seattle U. rallied from a double-digit deficit to take the lead in the second half, but Utah Valley made just enough plays down the stretch to pull out a 77-72 victory in Orem, UT. Redhawk C Eric Wallace went 9-for-12 and scored 18 points to go with eight rebounds, while Aaron Broussard notched his second double-double of the season with 15 points, 12 in the second half, and 11 rebounds. Cervante Burrell made his first start of the season and contributed nine points, three rebounds, and five assists.
UW STATS/NOTES: The Huskies added to their roster Monday freshman Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, a 6-foot-6, 258-pound tight end from the football team. He last played for Gig Harbor High School, where he averaged 19 points and eight rebounds as a senior. Romar said he will not play against SU, but left open the possibility of playing Sunday against Washington State . . . Romar said redshirt freshman forward Simmons could “eventually” make the starting lineup, but answered “we’ll see” as to whether Simmons would start against SU . . . After scoring just 57 points against Utah Saturday, the Huskies are averaging 78.3 ppg while allowing 72.0 . . . Averaging more than eight 3-pointers per game through mid-December, UW is now averaging 6.8 and allowing 6.6 . . . UW makes just 62.8 percent of its free throws, on pace to become the third-worst mark in the past two decades (the 2001 Huskies made 57.5 percent) . . . Leading scorer Tony Wroten (16.5) is the only UW starter making more than 50 percent of his shots (50.5), and also the only Husky starter making only half of his free throws (51.5).
SEATTLE U. STATS/NOTES: Despite a 3-10 record, Seattle U. has only been outscored 968-912 in 13 games . . . Seattle U. averages 70.2 points per game and allows 74.5 . . . The Redhawks are poor 3-point shooters, making just 29.2 percent, but are much better free throw shooters than the Huskies, hitting 72 percent . . . Seattle U. outrebounds its opponents, 39.6 to 37.2 . . . Seattle U. makes an extraordinary number of turnovers per game, 15.2.
COACHES: Romar is in his 10th season as Washingtons head coach. His Huskies have won 166 games since 2004-05 (entering the 2011-12 season), most in any seven-year span in school history. Romar signed a 10-year contract extension last April. He won his 200th game at Washington Dec. 16 when the Huskies defeated UC Santa Barbara.
Cameron Dollar: The former University of Washington assistant Cameron is in his third season as head coach. Last year SU had 11 wins, including a second straight victory over Oregon State and a road victory at ACC school Virginia. Dollar led SU to a 17-14 record in 2009-10, making the Redhawks the first team to post a winning record playing a full Division I schedule in its first year. Dollar served seven years under Romar.
ART THIEL’S TAKE: The buzz around the rivalry game is more about Sefarian-Jenkins’ arrival than anything intra-city. But Romar said he wouldn’t see action, although the anticipated blow-out will push the Dawg Pack to insist that AS-J join the fray.
Romar insisted that SU was the “best 3-10 team in American,” which may have been more of a lifeline to his pal Dollar than a serious statement of worth. Nevertheless, little that the Huskies didn’t on the road trip to Colorado and Utah suggested that they can be arrogant about anyone who steps on the floor against them. Don’t be surprised to see Simmons, the most intense worker on the team that Romar likened to former start Bobby Jones, start ahead of Darnell Gant. Washington 96, Seattle U. 76.
STEVE RUDMAN’S TAKE: Dollar is finding out just how laborious a chore it is to turn a long-time Division III program into a consistently good one at the Division I level. The Redhawks have just three wins this season, even struggling against lower-tier teams outfits such as Utah Valley.
Even with former Husky recruit Trent, who transferred, Seattle U. does not have the athletes to match up success Washington, even a wildly inconsistent Washington, especially at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Huskies could score 100 or more in this one, and I expect Romar to use nearly all of his roster. Washington 102, Seattle U. 75.
COMING UP: The Huskies host Washington Stateat 4 p.m. Sunday, then play the Bay Area schools, California (Jan. 19) and Stanford (Jan. 21) at homeAlaska before closing out January with road games at Arizona State (Jan. 26) and Arizona (Jan. 28).
University of Washington 2011-12 Schedule/Results
(Rankings Are Current)
|Date||Opponent||UW Rnk||Opp Rnk||W/L||Score||Rec.|
|11/4/11||vs. Seattle Pacific||—||—||W||77-60||0-0|
|11/12/11||vs. Georgia State||—||—||W||91-74||1-0|
|11/13/11||vs. Florida Atlantic||—||—||W||77-71||2-0|
|11/20/11||at Saint Louis||—||—||L||77-64||3-1|
|11/25/11||vs. Houston Baptist||—||—||W||88-65||4-1|
|12/2/11||at Nevada||—||—||L||76-73 (OT)||4-2|
|12/16/11||vs. UC Santa-Barbara||—||—||W||87-80||5-4|
|12/18/11||vs. South Dakota St.||—||—||L||92-73||5-5|
|12/22/11||vs. Cal-State Northridge||—||—||W||74-50||6-5|
|12/29/11||vs. Oregon State||—||—||W||95-80||7-5|
|1/10/12||vs. Seattle U.||—||—||—||—||—|
|1/15/12||vs. Washington St.||—||—||—||—||—|
|1/26/12||at Arizona St.||—||—||—||—||—|
|2/12/12||at Oregon St.||—||—||—||—||—|
|2/16/12||vs. Arizona State||—||—||—||—||—|
|2/25/12||at Washington St.||—||—||—||—||—|